More 'Murder': Eminem releases surprise sequel to 'Music to be Murdered By'

The superstar rapper surprise-released a sequel to January's "Music to be Murdered By" at midnight Friday

Adam Graham
The Detroit News
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Eminem has committed another "Murder." 

Eminem's "Music to be Murdered By: Side B" arrived at midnight on Friday.

The superstar rapper surprise-released a sequel to January's "Music to be Murdered By" at midnight Friday. Titled "Music to be Murdered By – Side B," the 16-track set features appearances by Dr. Dre, Ty Dolla $ign, Skylar Grey, DJ Premier, White Gold and more. 

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It's Eminem's third consecutive album to be released without advance warning, although online speculation this week pointed toward the album's imminent arrival.

"Music to be Murdered By – Side B" is Eminem's 11th major label studio album. Like its predecessor, the set is inspired by and named after the 1958 spoken word album by macabre master Alfred Hitchcock, and the album's "Alfred's Theme" finds Em rapping over "Funeral March of a Marionette," best known as the theme song to "Alfred Hitchcock Presents." 

The video for first single "Gnat" arrived concurrently with the album release. The Cole Bennett-directed clip shows Eminem rapping in a hazmat suit and at one point wearing a Michael Vick jersey. Watch the video here: 

Eminem and director Bennett previously teamed on the video for "Godzilla," which was nominated for Best Video of the Year at this year's MTV Video Music Awards. 

Elsewhere on the 53-minute album, Eminem addresses his frustrations with hip-hop, his status as an elder statesman in the genre, his love life, the COVID-19 pandemic and more, while stopping just short of referencing Mariah Carey.  

"Uncle Alfred heard you screaming for more... enjoy Side B," Eminem tweeted Friday, announcing the album's rele

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